Theresa Kump Leghorn

New Rochelle Council on the Arts Launches New Podcast

Have you ever wondered how world famous 3-D artist Charles Fazzino got his start? How GQ model Alvin Clayton moved from posing to painting? Or what it takes to tell your story on The Moth? The New Rochelle Council on the Arts (NRCA) has the answers on its new podcast “All About the Arts,” making its debut on the Tipsy Podcast Network (TPN) September 19th.  “All About the Arts” will feature intimate conversations with some of the most interesting artists (and art-adjacent personalities) on the scene in Westchester today.

“We’re leaning into the idea that The New Rochelle Council on the Arts is the source for everything about the arts right here at home,” says Theresa Kump Leghorn, President of the NRCA, who hosts the podcast. “NRCA is an umbrella organization for all the visual and performing arts – painting, drawing, sculpture, theater, spoken word, music, dance — and I’m excited to give listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the people making art happen in our community.” The podcast, which is produced by Jamal Pedro, is available on Spotify.

Among the first guests are City Historian Barbara Davis, talking about New Rochelle’s history as an artist colony (“Greenwich Village without the Greenwich” as it was known) and story teller Angela Derecas Taylor discussing The Moth, which is bringing a StorySLAM to New Rochelle for ArtsFest in October. Also on the schedule are artists Charles Fazzino and Alvin Clayton, talking about their art and their process, and artist/art teacher Alexandra Rutsch Brock discussing the impact of arts education on students.

“All About the Arts” is part of the Tipsy Podcast Network (TPN), which is bringing together dynamic storytellers from across the region. From culture seekers and makers, local business owners and entrepreneurs, and everyone in between, TPN is the home for the curious and inquisitive and an engaging platform to feature important current events and to share stories. According to TPN co-founder Amy Cole “What we’ve found is that the podcast medium is one that people have really embraced and visit to find information and inspiration without the noise and clutter that comes with social media.”

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The NRCA was created by the New Rochelle City Council in 1975 to stimulate and encourage the study and presentation of the performing and fine arts. For nearly five decades NRCA has worked to fulfill that mission by sponsoring art exhibitions, theatrical productions, dance recitals, film screenings, lectures, and concert series. In addition, NRCA has sponsored public art — like the popular NRNY Murals downtown — and created the Summer Sounds Concert Series and ArtsFest, while helping to build relationships between the arts, the business community and city government. NRCA promotes the local art scene through its social media and its free monthly e-newsletter. For more about NRCA visit the website NRCA’s programs are made possible, in part, by ArtsWestchester with funds from Westchester County Government, the City of New Rochelle, and the support of community donations.